At the Salt Mills Gallery at Saltaire, Bradford, there’s a wonderful plaque listing job titles of some of the workers that used to work at the Salt Mills during the 80s. This is part of an exhibition by Ian Beesley.
Sadly, these workers no longer work there and their roles no longer exist at this mill. However it was nice to think that everyone there had an important role to play and that a good work place would utilise individual talent.
My favourite verses in the Bible are generally about unity and how to celebrate differences. The verses that I am referring to are mentioned in Paul’s letters from the new testament, and I can imagine that when they were written, they were responses to churches who had to overcome issues and challenges, with the aim to stop members of their congregation from fighting with each other but to help strengthen them. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been to convince people from different ethnicity, cultures and social statuses to work together?
There’s mention of unity in pretty much every one of Paul’s letters, but I am happy to be corrected if this wasn’t the case, but my favourite verses are from 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and also from Roman 12:3-8.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.Roman 12: 4-6 NIV
There are many challenges that employers have to face, such as making sure that their employees are used to the best of their ability, that they don’t get bored or overworked. It’s easy for employers to sit and just wait for things to happen. Whatever the reason why those job roles no longer exist at the mill, I pray that everyone has learned from their experiences and have gone on to do better things.
You can find out more about the Salt Mill galleries and shops at http://www.saltsmill.org.uk/